Tokyo’s crazy governor Shintaro Ishihara has announced he will stand for election for a fourth consecutive term, much to the delight of manga fans everywhere.
He had some rather gloating remarks for neo-Ishihara candidate Matsuzawa:
“I feel sorry for Matsuzawa-kun. Whether I stood or not, he wouldn’t get in.”
They are apparently negotiating over whether he will withdraw his candidacy so as to avoid splitting the all-important anti-youth vote.
Public opinion polls have suggested that in Ishihara’s absence none of the likely candidates would be able to secure a proper mandate, which possibly suggested to Ishihara an easy victory was within his grasp – or as he would have it, he wanted to avoid unhealthy legislative gridlock by selflessly offering another 4 years of service to the city.
So far Tokyo citizens are being presented with an exemplary line up – two ban-hungry crazies, one dilettante tycoon who will say anything to get elected, and a communist…